2019 Reading

This is an ongoing list of books read for 2019. Prior years to come. * denotes a must-read.

January

* Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (4.5/5) – A brilliant bit of historical fiction that… honestly sounds too crazy to be not true: a lesbian, cross-dressing, traumatized, race car driver… backstabs her famous photographer and rich baroness friends… to spy for Nazi Germany. Highly recommended.

Dealing Death and Drugs: The Big Business of Dope in the U.S. and Mexico (3/5) – To be honest, I picked this up because of the co-author (Beto!) and because I’m now living solidly in the USA-Mexico border (<100 miles from Mexico). It makes a strong argument for legalizing marijuana—or really, almost any illegal drug—that I don’t entirely disagree with. But it lacks a little bit of the nuance and detail I was hoping for. If you want a really great, nuanced primer on USA-Mexico drug trade (and so, so much more), I’d highly recommend Dreamland by Sam Quinones instead.